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Jesus, Son of David (2 Tim. 2:8-15)

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  • Reading I: 2 Timothy 2:8-15
  • Resp. Psalm: Ps. 25
  • Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28-34

 

The selection for the second reading begins with a Christological statement that Paul refers to as his gospel.  In Romans 1:3-4 we find a similar statement:

the gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We  are told in Acts that this was what Paul taught in his first missionary journey (see Acts 13).  If the enemies of the gospel that Paul talks about in 2 Timothy is anything like the gnostic groups which denied the humanity of Christ then the insistence on the humanity of Jesus “a descendant of David” has a polemical value.

In vv. 11-13, we find a “hymnic fragment” that is worth memorizing (“the saying is true”) since it summarizes in just a few lines what the Christian life is about:

If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.

“Dying” and “living” with Christ is of course the meaning of Christian baptismal life.  “Perseverance” is the continuing fidelity of Christians inspite of the difficulties of discipleship.  “Fidelity” to Christ is expressed in publicly acknowledging him. (The synoptics contain sayings of Jesus about the possibility of disciples publicly disavowing him.)  The last statement about Christ’s fidelity is similar to old testament sayings about the fidelity of God to the consistently disloyal Israel. 

2 Timothy 2:8-15
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8Be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel.
9Wherein I labour even unto bands, as an evildoer; but the word of God is not bound.
10Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.
11A faithful saying: for if we be dead with him, we shall live also with him.
12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us.
13If we believe not, he continueth faithful, he can not deny himself.
14Of these things put them in mind, charging them before the Lord. Contend not in words, for it is to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15Carefully study to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Mark 12:28-34
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28And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all.
29And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God.
30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.
31And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
32And the scribe said to him: Well, Master, thou hast said in truth, that there is one God, and there is no other besides him.
33And that he should be loved with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, and with the whole soul, and with the whole strength; and to love one's neighbour as one's self, is a greater thing than all holocausts and sacrifices.
34And Jesus seeing that he had answered wisely, said to him: Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

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